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The Impact of Space on Children’s Play: a Case of Four Preschools in Masvingo City

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dc.contributor.author Mugweni, Rose
dc.contributor.author Mutereri, Judith
dc.contributor.author Ganga, Emily
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-20T13:21:53Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-20T13:21:53Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.gzu.ac.zw:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/352
dc.description.abstract This paper reports on findings of a study on the impact of children’s population density in an available space during playing traditional games in Masvingo urban preschools, Zimbabwe. Some of the common traditional games for a holistic growth and development which are played in Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in Zimbabwe are: chitsvambe (touch and run); chuti/bhekari (ball dodging); mapere (hyenas); chihwande-hwande (hide and seek). A qualitative case study research design involving observation of 120 children playing at four randomly selected ECD centres in Masvingo urban namely A, B, C and D was undertaken. Eight (8) caregivers were also interviewed to solicit their views on the effects of children’s numbers in a given space on playing traditional games. The results revealed that centres A, B and C had a high population density and faced serious molecular and molar challenges involving shortage of play space, materials and a general lack of a play enabling environment. Centre D showed the opposite, where space and play materials were found to be adequate. Centers D promoted sustainable development in all children’s domains of development. Unlike centre D, molar variables such as social interaction and language use during playing traditional games in centres A, B, and C, were weak. In the three centers, children were crammed in small play environments which did not allow them to run freely without bumping and pecking on each other. In light of this study’s findings, it was concluded that population density had influence on the way children played traditional games in Zimbabwe. Therefore, the study recommends that low population density, ideal space and play materials should be provided at ECD centres if children are to play freely and realize sustainable development. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Academic Research in Progressive Education and Development en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 1;No. 4
dc.subject Children’s Play en_US
dc.subject Preschools en_US
dc.subject Masvingo en_US
dc.subject Early Childhood Development en_US
dc.title The Impact of Space on Children’s Play: a Case of Four Preschools in Masvingo City en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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